Oh, no-ball! Saqib Mahmood joins list of England’s unfortunate debutants


It will not come as a lot comfort to Saqib Mahmood, after his second of triumph was snatched away from him at Bridgetown, however he isn’t the primary England bowler to be denied a maiden Take a look at wicket by a no-ball. He is not even the primary within the present England XI

It had already been a prolonged stint within the discipline for England, with Australia strongly positioned on 367 for five, when Stokes, making his debut, thought he had eliminated Haddin for 51…

Stokes to Haddin, 1 no ball, Stokes has struck – that is his first Take a look at wicket! Or is it? Oh pricey, it is a no-ball! It was a stunning size, drawing Haddin ahead to edge behind and it was a transparent edge – however Marais Erasmus asks to verify the front-foot no-ball and it’s a few centimetres over. Clearly a no-ball, and what a disappointment for Stokes.

What occurred subsequent? There was a heated change between Stokes and Haddin who would go on to make 118 in Australia’s 570 for 9 dec

Wooden, a Durham team-mate of Stokes, was making his debut towards New Zealand at Lord’s. England had made a helpful 389, however New Zealand’s openers had began effectively when it appeared Wooden had damaged by by eradicating Guptill on 24…

Wooden to Guptill, 1 no ball, straighter line, it bounces somewhat and takes the surface edge to first slip! Wooden has his first Take a look at wicket…oh no he would not! Wooden has certainly overstepped, what a calamity. It is so shut however I do not suppose he is obtained something behind the road right here. Yep, no-ball known as and Wooden is robbed of a primary wicket by his personal fault, what a disgrace for him as a result of it was a stunning supply, angled in and straightening simply sufficient to take the sting

What occurred subsequent? Guptill went on to make 70 in a gap stand of 148 with Tom Latham. Wooden ultimately claimed Brendon McCullum as his maiden scalp

England had stored Warner ready within the 90s after he had skipped effortlessly in direction of three figures. However, on 99, they thought the plan had labored

Curran to Warner, 1 no ball, gone! Warner has totally muffed the second! An excellent size supply, spooned off a top-edge to mid-on … however it’s a no-ball! Oh, that is simply spectacular. Warner was midway off, Curran was celebrating his maiden Take a look at wicket, however the TV replay revealed his heel had crossed the road. It is a wonderful Boxing Day farce!

What occurred subsequent? Warner reached his century subsequent ball however would solely add three extra runs earlier than edging behind towards James Anderson.

England had managed to extract Steven Smith wanting one other hundred and within the remaining over of the morning session Crane had an enormous enchantment for lbw towards Usman Khawaja, on 132 on the time…

Crane to Khawaja, 1 no ball, large enchantment for lbw! Crane is imploring and Root has known as the evaluate. Did Khawaja play a shot, would not appear so – thrust his pad on the ball, bat a good distance from it. Properly, is that this a no-ball? Sure, it is a no-ball! England will not lose the evaluate, however wouldn’t it have been out? Sure, it could have been out, offering the third umpire had decided there was no shot performed! Was hitting off stump with Khawaja simply padding it away. England angered by the no-ball name, however it appeared honest on the replay. Oh boy

What occurred subsequent? Crane ultimately obtained his man, however not earlier than Khawaja had batted on for one more 26 overs and 39 runs. He was ultimately drawn down the pitch to fall for 171 and provides the spinner his maiden Take a look at wicket.

His fellow debutant Matt Fisher had struck with the second ball of his Take a look at profession, however as Kraigg Brathwaite and Jermaine Blackwood bedded in for a century stand on an unforgiving floor, Mahmood was into his 14th over, throughout 4 spells, earlier than seemingly getting his second of catharsis …

Mahmood to Blackwood, 1 no ball, Knocks him over! Mahmood has his first Take a look at wicket… wait a minute! He is overstepped! Inch-perfect yorker, 85mph/136kph and dipping low to crash into the bottom of center stump. Nevertheless it would not depend, as a result of the third umpire has noticed an overstep. Ecstasy to agony.

What occurred subsequent? Blackwood, on 65 on the time, reset himself towards his favorite opponents and pushed alongside to his third Take a look at century – his common towards England, 45.77, is greater than 15 factors larger than his profession mark of 30.66. On the different finish, and unperturbed, Brathwaite nudged alongside to his tenth Take a look at century, and third towards England, to tug his workforce nearer to parity…

This text was first printed in January 2018

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